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HALL, Edwin, clergyman, born in Granville, New York, 11 January, 1802; died in Auburn, New York, 8 September, 1877. He was graduated at Middlebury college in 1826. From 1831 till 1832 he was principal of an academy in Bloomfield, New York, and was pastor of the 1st Congregational church at Norwalk, Connecticut, from 1832 till 1854, when he was elected professor of theology in Auburn seminary. He occupied this chair until 1876, and was professor emeritus from that time till his death. He published "The Law of Baptism" (New York, 1840); "The Puritans and their Principles" (1846); "Historical Records of Norwalk" (1847); "Shorter Catechism with Proofs" (1859); and numerous tracts and pamphlets.--His son, Isaac Hollister, oriental scholar, born in Norwalk, Connecticut. 12 December, 1837, was graduated in Hamilton in 1859, was tutor there in 1861-'3, and in 1864 removed to New York city, where he was graduated at Columbia law school in 1865, and practised his profession. He visited Syria in 1875, and was professor for two years in the Beirut Protestant college, but returned to the United States in 1877, and associated himself with the "Sunday School Times," published in Philadelphia. In 1875 he established the column of "Biblical Research" in the "New York Independent." Since 1884 he has been connected with the Metropolitan museum of New York city, and is lecturer on New Testament Greek in Johns Hopkins university. He was the first to read an entire inscription in Cypriote, and has published an important series of articles on that language and its inscriptions. He is an authority on Greek, Phoenician, Himyantic, and other oriental inscriptions, and in 1876 discovered in Beirut a Syriac manuscript of the Gospels, Acts, and most of the Epistles, an account of which, with facsimile pages, he published in 1884. The date of this manuscript is between 700 and 900 A.D. Mr. Hall is a member of various archaeological and biblical societies in this country and abroad, and is the author of "A Critical Bibliography of the Greek New Testament, as Published in America" (Philadelphia, 1884).
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